Third Scout dies in Texas sailing ac­ci­dent

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

AVINGER, Texas — A third Boy Scout has died from in­juries suf­fered when a sail­boat struck an over­hang­ing power line on a lake east of Dal­las, an of­fi­cial with Texas Parks & Wildlife said.

The 11-year-old Scout died Mon­day at a hos­pi­tal in Shreve­port, Texas Parks & Wildlife spokesman Steve Light­foot said.

The boy was sailing in a cata­ma­ran Sat­ur­day with two older boys, one 17 and the other 16, when it struck the power line at Lake O’The Pines near Avinger, 150 miles from Dal­las.

Daniel An­der­son, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for the East Texas Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, said a Scout leader reached the boat within min­utes but the two older boys were al­ready dead. The old­est teen was found in the boat while the other two fell into the wa­ter.

Au­thor­i­ties have not re­leased the names of the vic­tims and said ear­lier elec­tro­cu­tion was sus­pected.

An­der­son said the trio was just off shore when the cata­ma­ran struck the line op­er­ated by Up­shur Ru­ral Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive. He said other Scouts were at a camp site on pri­vate land and it im­me­di­ately be­came ap­par­ent to them that the three were in dis­tress. An­other boat nearby gath­ered the 11-year-old and took him to shore to an await­ing am­bu­lance.

It wasn’t clear Mon­day why the power line was over­hang­ing the wa­ter, in prox­im­ity to wa­ter­craft.

AP/The News-Jour­nal/LES HASSELL

Dan Thomp­son (right) and Tony Lit­tle, 13, both with Troop 620, par­tic­i­pate in a can­dle­light vigil Sun­day in Hallsville, Texas, in re­gard to a fa­tal Scout boat­ing ac­ci­dent.

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